Govt has made an action plan for better monitoring of spread of COVID-19 in India: Health Ministry

Union Health Ministry today said the government has made an action plan for strengthening of surveillance network to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in India. In a daily press briefing, the ministry said that a
n action plan has been made prepared on strengthening surveillance with the help of WHO’s
national polio surveillance network team.

Health Minister and MoS, held a video conference yesterday with health functionaries and field officers of World Health Organisation, in which micro-plan for clusters and outbreak containment of
COVID19 at district-level was discussed,” Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health said.

For better monitoring and surveillance, the ministry also said India has received 5 lakh testing kits, including rapid antibody test kits, from two Chinese firms. However it said that the 2 lakh rapid COVID-19 test kits received from China are not for early diagnosis, but for surveillance purpose.

The health ministry said that a total of 2,90,401 COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far in India with 30,043 tests being done yesterday. The ministry said the total confirmed cases in India stand at 12,380, out of which 1,489 people have recovered. The ministry pointed out the the fatality rate in India is 3.8 percent.

The health ministry also said that 941 fresh COVID-19 cases and 37 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hour.

The ministry said that 27 districts have not reported any cases in the last 14 days while there are 325 districts in India that have no cases of COVID19.

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